Trump’s visa restrictions aimed at Chinese STEM students to start in June

Trump’s visa restrictions aimed at Chinese STEM students to start in June

The White House announced on Tuesday that it will impose 25 per cent tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, as US President Donald Trump pledged to end China's unfair trade practices.

"Those exports are precisely the exports in the China 2025 industries.", said Peter Navarro the White House Director of Trade and Industrial Policy.

China will reduce tariffs on a wide range of consumer goods from July 1, the State Council said in a statement.

Although the Trump administration first announced the tariffs in April, as recently as a week ago the administration said that tariffs were no longer on the table after significant progress had been made in trade negotiations between the countries. The White House also announced new restrictions on Chinese investment and US exports of high-tech goods to China.

The announcement on Tuesday restated comments by administration officials to the effect that both the tariffs and the restrictions remained in place even after the United States and China sketched out a deal this month to reduce China's $375bn trade surplus with America.

The announcement, which offered little new information, comes as Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross prepares to travel to Beijing this week for another round of talks aimed at resolving the conflict, which includes a threat of matching sanctions from China on U.S. goods.

During the media briefing, the Foreign Ministry spokesperson also expressed concern over reports that the U.S. is planning to restrict visas of Chinese students studying advanced subjects like robotics, aviation and high-tech manufacturing to one year.

The Donald Trump administration stated that it would crack down on "illegal" Chinese trade practices by June 30. The final list will be revealed by June 15, according to the statement.

In addition to the bilateral talks with Beijing, the USA also will continue to pursue the complaints filed in the World Trade Organization as well as the cases against individual products.

The Trump administration on Tuesday renewed its threat of additional 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese goods in response to complaints Beijing steals or pressures foreign companies to hand over technology.

In response, the Chinese Commerce Ministry said the country is prepared for whatever the U.S. may impose.

The latest threat to impose restrictions come ahead of Trade Representative Rob Lighthizer's trip to China for negotiations on the relationship between Beijing and Washington, which is planned for this weekend.

China here on Wednesday urged the US side to keep its promise on bilateral trade issues, and act in accordance with the spirit of recent joint statement.

The deal to reduce China's trade surplus with the US was separate from the USA probe into China's alleged theft of intellectual property.

But Chinese media had noted that the deal with the United States could see some Australian imports sidelined, including beef and wine, which had gained preferential access under Australia's Free Trade Agreement with China.

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